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Sentience has been a central concept in the animal welfare movement, tracing back to the well-known writing of Jeremy Bentham in An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation.
The question is not, can they reason? nor, can they talk? but, can they suffer?Jeremy Bentham
Richard D. Ryder defines sentientism broadly as the position according to which an entity has moral status if and only if it is sentient. In David Chalmer’s more specific terminology, Bentham is a narrow sentientist, since his criterion for moral status is not only the ability to experience any phenomenal consciousness at all, but specifically the ability to experience conscious states with negative affective valence (i.e. suffering).
Animal welfare and rights advocates often invoke similar capacities. For example, the documentary Earthlings argues that while animals do not have all the desires and ability to comprehend as do humans, they do share the desires for food and water, shelter and companionship, freedom of movement, and avoidance of pain.
Animal-welfare advocates typically argue that any sentient being is entitled, at a minimum, to protection from unnecessary suffering, though animal-rights advocates may differ on what rights (e.g., the right to life) may be entailed by simple sentience. Sentiocentrism describes the theory that sentient individuals are the center of moral concern.
Gary Francione also bases his abolitionist theory of animal rights, which differs significantly from Singer’s, on sentience. He asserts that, “All sentient beings, humans or nonhuman, have one right: the basic right not to be treated as the property of others”
Andrew Linzey, founder of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics in England, considers recognizing animals as sentient beings as an aspect of his Christianity. The Interfaith Association of Animal Chaplains encourages animal ministry groups to adopt a policy of recognizing and valuing sentient beings.
Factory Farming Sentience Suffering Salvation
In 1997 the concept of animal sentience was written into the basic law of the European Union. The legally binding protocol annexed to the Treaty of Amsterdam recognizes that animals are “sentient beings”, and requires the EU and its member states to “pay full regard to the welfare requirements of animals”.
Salvation: the deliverance of humankind from such fundamentally negative or disabling conditions as suffering, evil, finitude, and death.The Raising up or restoration of the natural world to a higher realm or state.
Creating a cleaner greener factory farmless world by 2030